We all have a Captain within us. Most of the time we don’t acknowledge it as Our Captain, but it’s definitely there… just waiting to be called upon.

Now, before we can go any further with all this Captain-talk, close your eyes and visualize yourself stepping out of your guarded comfort circle. Only when we intentionally step out of our self-imposed comfort zone and see beyond the limits of what we believe is “realistic,” can we access our Captain within.

Your Captain is your inner leader, your visionary who is always in command, whether you know it or not. It’s that calm, wise whispering voice within each of us that is filled with compassion, clarity, certainty, and courage. Your Captain believes in you completely. Your Captain is fearless and relentless in pursuit of what’s best for you. Your Captain has always been a part of you; you were born with it.

For many of us, it’s difficult to hear our Captain. Our inner critic can be SO LOUD. You know what I’m talking about: that critical inner voice telling us we shouldn’t take risks, we might fail, we’re not good enough, we’re not strong enough, don’t rock the boat, stay within your comfort zone, blah, blah, blah. Such a loud annoying voice, isn’t it? It takes patience and commitment to hear and FOLLOW your Captain’s wise whispering voice.

Your Captain is your true, authentic, real self. It’s that huge part of you that is wise, strong, compassionate, and courageous. It’s the risk-taker.

Here’s your challenge for this week: Find your Captain. Live from your Captain. Rise up and get BIG.